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Winter Safety Tips

Here are a few quick safety reminders for the winter months.

Happy holidays, everyone!

Smoke Detectors
Please test your smoke detector (and your carbon monoxide detector, if you have one) by pushing the test button and holding for 10 seconds. If either the smoke detector or the carbon monoxide detector doesn’t work, please call the office immediately for repair or replacement.

Fire Safety
CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY if you see or suspect smoke or fire.
Keep trash in covered containers and dispose of it regularly.
Don’t overload circuits or use frayed electrical extension cords.
Never run an extension cord under a rug.
Make sure all candles are extinguished when you leave the room.
Think about escape routes – windows, doors and stairways. Make sure that each family member or roommate is familiar with the best route.
Work out two escape routes from each room.
Never go back into your home for personal belongings.

Heaters
When no one’s home, turn your thermostat down – but make sure it always stays above 62 degrees in cold weather.
Keep all items, especially Christmas trees and gifts, away from the heater.
If using a real Christmas tree, be sure to keep it well watered.

Watch Your Step
In many areas, winter means snowfall and ice forming on outdoor surfaces when temperatures drop, especially overnight. Please, watch your step, drive defensively and be careful carrying Christmas trees and gifts.

Fireplaces
Never place a Christmas tree in front of your fireplace.
Limit the amount of paper used to build a fire, and never burn charcoal indoors.
Keep anything flammable away from your mantel.
Before you go to sleep, be sure your fireplace fire is out.
Never close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace. A closed damper will help the fire to heat up again and could force carbon monoxide into the apartment.
Make sure all ashes are completely extinguished before removal, and always use a non-flammable container for disposal.
If synthetic logs are used, follow the directions on the package.

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